If you would like to see lessons that we will use in our classroom this year, please follow these steps:
The McLean House- Does our community have any historical sites?
The students will be filled with community pride after researching local historical landmarks and learning about founding citizens! The class will visit the McLean Home (or any historical site in the community) and research interesting facts about Dr. Burtis Wilmot McLean and take digital pictures of artifacts. The culminating activity will be to create a virtual field trip of the Victorian home to publish on the web and link to the Jenks' Home Page. What are our city's landmarks? The students will locate and research 5-10 historical landmarks in their town. The students will learn the history of notable sites in their community during a class field trip in which groups will conduct oral interviews, take digital pictures, and write paragraphs. This information will be linked to a local map on the town's home page. This exciting activity involves a real world situation into the student's learning which could be replicated in any community!
How Can We Enhance Community Wildlife?
The students will determine what wildlife lives on our playground and compare/contrast the results with another local site that has a high population of wildlife. The students will learn how to observe, classify, and gather information on a developmentally appropriate level. The final product will be to create a butterfly habitat outside our classroom to encourage wildlife to come back to this area. What native plants grow in our community? Students will survey a local site to determine what plants are growing. They will collect seeds to bring back to the classroom to "grow" a miniature habitat and eventually identify what plants they are growing. Some of their plants will be transplanted outside the classroom while the remaining plants will go home with the students. This activity will involve several mini-lessons and many hands on experiences.
What do our water habitats teach us?
Students will investigate a pond or stream using sampling techniques. They will observe wildlife and pH levels in the water collected to determine if it is a healthy habitat. The students' love and curiosity for the outdoors will be the motivating force behind this lesson.
What is that smell?
You usually greet your students in the morning with a smile and a cheerful "Good morning!" Today will be different. You will prepare an experiment before the students enter the room and instead of coming in with that sweet smile, they will be holding their noses and saying, "Ew! What's that smell?" They will want to know what has "polluted" their environment! They will learn the effects of acid rain. Can litter disappear? Does your school have a litter problem? Many people drop a piece of trash without even considering the consequences. Does is just disappear? Is it really biodegradable? Students will test the biodegradability of litter they find on their playground and record their results. The students will decide how they can make a positive impact on their community in regards to litter.
What's the Weather Like Today?
Students have a natural curiosity about weather. In this activity, they will use data collecting skills to record the high and low air temperature for 10 days. A student-made rain gauge also will be used to record the daily precipitation. Students will record the soil temperature every hour for 1 day to see if the soil temperature changes. The class will compare and contrast these data and decide how weather affects people in our community. The results will be posted on the web so that other classrooms may contribute their data. You may want the students to generate other data they want to collect, such as light intensity, humidity, etc.